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Some fruits and vegetables are perfectly safe, some are very unhealthy and downright dangerous to dogs. Here’s what I’ve learned about fresh veggies for dogs…


It’s been two weeks since we visited the new holistic veterinarian making it two weeks since we’ve started adding additional veggies to their diet.

For months now, the Boys have loved chomping on –

  • Broccoli
  • Cucumber
  • Green Beans

With their former diet, these veggies were already incorporated in their food –

  • Kale
  • Spinach
  • Sweet Potatoes

There were a few veggies I read about that I never would have thought about placing in their bowls.

Veggies such as –

  • Asparagus
  • Bell peppers (red, green and yellow)
  • Brussel Sprouts
  • Cabbage
  • Cauliflower
  • Lettuce
  • Peas
  • Zucchini

Will definitely discuss that list with the vet during our f/u visit.


Broccoli, cabbage, kale and cauliflower – are four leafy vegetables known as “cruciferous veggies.”

Rich in vitamins, antioxidants, and nutrients, they’re a great choice for us. But are they good for our dogs?

During the Boys exam last week, Dr. Kellie discussed adding fiber to their diet. She mentioned a specific veggie from the “cruciferous” family – cauliflower.


is rich in different vitamins to include antioxidants. It can sometimes reduce inflammation and has helped with arthritis. Please note – it’s not a cure for arthritis.

In addition – cauliflower is said to also be helpful in preventing cancer and other diseases.

Dr. Kellie asked that I not serve it raw. She preferred I cook or steam it to make the floret soft.

Like broccoli – some dogs have a habit of gulping and not chewing allowing the florets to enter their system without complete digestion.

I choose to steam so I can retain as much of the nutrients as possible. The Boys seem to like a few spoonfuls in with their food two or three times a week…

If y you’re wondering what to do with the leaves and stem – the leaves are fine, but the stem can be discarded because there is no benefits from it. #Idiscardthemboth


contrary to popular belief broccoli isn’t poisonous for dogs, but gastrointestinal symptoms are possible.  Poisoning comes into play if your dog consumes large amounts of it. It shouldn’t take up more than 5-10% of your dogs food intake.

High in fiber and vitamin C – it is also low in fat and calories. High level of cancer fighting antioxidants, anti-allergy and anti-inflammatory agents – it protects against dangerous bacteria and viruses, while boosting the immune system.

Did you know it can help clean their teeth? I didn’t!

Cauliflower and broccoli are like cousins. Both are very healthy for your dog. Broccoli seems to be a bit healthier though. Biggest difference between the two? The level of vitamin A and K – which is higher in broccoli. Broccoli is also richer in fiber and other nutrients.


Same antioxidant property to include prevention with some degenerative diseases. Cabbage also helps with your dogs digestion and skin.

I did read there is a downside to cabbage.  Raw cabbage contains a compound called “thiocyanate” – which can, over time suppress the thyroid gland and lead to hypothyroidism. Cooked or steamed is a better way to go to prevent this from happening.

Serving cabbage in moderation is the golden rule.

I have yet to try cabbage – for now I will probably stick with cauliflower, kale, and broccoli.


is a good source of fiber and vitamins A,C and K. Rich in minerals such as calcium, magnesium and copper. Known to hep improve vision and overall eye health.

Low in calories and suitable for additions to regular dog food without having to worry about your dog’s weight. Kale is not toxic snd shouldn’t cause negative effects (unless your dog is allergic to it). but if consumed in large quantities – it could cause diarrhea.


All are pawfectly safe to eat and all of them have many benefits which make them a great addition to their regular food.

Keep in mind – dogs don’t break down veggies the same way we do. Feed in moderation and don’t overdo it!

As always, I strongly encourage EVERYONE to seek veterinarian counsel BEFORE introducing new foods to your pets.

If you find this as fascinating as I do and would like to know detailed information about the correct veggies and fresh fruits for dogs, check out these two websites for starters –


Barking Royalty

VET DISCLAIMER I am not a veterinarian nor a scientist. I’m a pet parent always interested in understanding more about my dogs. 

Have a dog-gone doodle-tastic weekend ❤️

  • Jan K
    December 16, 2017

    I love to add cooked veggies to the dogs’ food! Luke loves them all, though Cricket is a bit more picky. Cabbage is actually a favorite of theirs, and brussels sprouts as well.
    I did not know that broccoli could help clean their teeth! I usually give Luke a small carrot daily to help his teeth, since I had read that same thing about carrots.

    January 27, 2021

    Ivory loves cucumbers. It’s her favorite snack.

    • Cathy Bennett
      January 28, 2021

      Really? that’s one that didn’t pass the test here in Doodleville